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About Zika Virus
The Zika virus is a virus that usually causes a mild infection and lasts only a few days. The majority of infected people have no symptoms and are most often unaware that they have been infected.
In pregnant women, however, an infection of the Zika virus can pose significant risks for the fetus. These risks may exist even if the mother has no symptoms of the infection.
The Zika virus is primarily a concern for pregnant women, partners of pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy. Among other important risks, the Zika virus can cause severe birth defects, including abnormally small heads (microcephaly), brain abnormalities, vision loss and hearing loss.
Symptoms may include fever, headache, conjunctivitis, rash, and joint and muscle pain.
Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be spread from:
There is no vaccine or drug that can prevent or treat Zika virus infection.
The Government of Canada suggests that you make an appointment at a travel health clinic at least 6 weeks before your trip.
How to Protect Yourself from Zika
Whether you are pregnant, the partner of a pregnant woman, or you are planning a pregnancy, it is important to protect yourself from the Zika virus while travelling to affected countries.
The Zika virus infection can be sexually transmitted and men can carry the Zika virus in their semen for up to 6 months, even in the absence of symptoms in the infected person.
Before your trip, it is recommended to visit a health-travel clinic at least 6 weeks before your departure.
Updated by the Government of Canada, you consult the list of countries to determine the risk of Zika virus infection in the area you plan to travel to.
During a trip to a Zika affected country or region, it is essential that all travellers take precautions to avoid mosquito bites during the day and night.
Among other preventative methods, the use of insect repellent, protective clothing and mosquito nets is highly recommended.
You can find more mosquito bite prevention methods for travellers by visiting the Government of Canada website.
Services at La Clinique Santé Voyage
Specialised in travel health medicine for all types of travellers and all types of destinations worldwide, La Clinique Santé Voyage offers personalised medical consultations, including vaccinations, prescriptions and medical recommendations necessary to ensure safe and healthy travelling.